ameliorative


verb (used with or without object), a·mel·io·rat·ed, a·mel·io·rat·ing.

  1. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve: strategies to ameliorate negative effects on the environment.

verb

  1. to make or become better; improve
adj.

1796, from ameliorate + -ive.

v.

1728, perhaps a back-formation from amelioration on pattern of French améliorer. The simpler form meliorate was used in Middle English. Related: Ameliorated; ameliorating.

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